Community event ‘a-peels’ to visitors in Stamford

Kiran Double, 10, bobs for an apple
Kiran Double, 10, bobs for an apple
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ALL things apple were on display at a group’s annual event.

Stamford Community Orchard Group held Apple Day at the Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday.

More than 1,200 visitors were treated to a range of stalls and entertainment at the free event, which showcased a number of local apple varieties.

Chairman Max Winslow thanked attendees for making the day worthwhile.

He said: “The success was down to the fact that we were well supported by volunteers and the stall holders expressed satisfaction with the event.

“The highlight as far as we are concerned was the maintained interest in the orchard project, as demonstrated by the attendance.”

Among those at the event were the New College Stamford catering department, which had various apple goodies to sample.

Other attractions included Jollydale Cyder, the Embroiderers’ Guild, a beekeeping and honey stall and a display from the Wildlife Trust fruit tree sales and a tombola.

There were games to keep the youngsters busy and a display of local schoolchildren’s poster competition entries, and the award-winning Wildcats Theatre Group put on a performance.

People could also bring along their own apples for expert identification.

Mr Winslow added: “Not as many apples were brought this year but a lot were taken away for further investigation.

“Some of the apples the experts failed to identify indicates that there still are lost apples in the area and hopefully we will be able to build on our collection.”

The Mercury sponsored one of the prizes in the poster competition, and numerous local businesses donated tombola prizes.

Stamford Town Council and Mick Thurlby sponsor the orchard group.